We’re not sure if it’s the bright pink pops of bougainvillea, the soaring palm trees, or the desert hills landscape – but we definitely have a serious soft spot for Palm Springs. That being said, we’re sure you can understand our excitement to be sharing this effortlessly romantic Palm Springs wedding on the blog today! Jake and Alex allowed the natural beauty of the desert surroundings at Korakia Pensione in Palm Springs contribute to the decor and overall vibe of their wedding day – and let us just say it was magic! Move over Whitney Port, we’re dubbing this wedding one of the most beautifully done Palm Springs weddings of all time! Go right ahead and see for yourself!
How did you choose your wedding venue & location?
"All I knew was that I wanted to get married outside and I did not want it to rain, so naturally we chose a desert location. When looking at Palm Springs venues, Korakia was the only venue that actually spoke to me. It has an effortless elegance that exudes romance and the bougainvillea and palm trees are unbeatable. No other venue came close. Ironically it did rain on the wedding day. It was an unexpected flash shower that took place while the sun was still shining, but it was all clear by the time the festivities started."
What was your favorite moment of your wedding day?
"The ceremony was the best part of the events portion of the day. My oldest best friend married us and we wrote the whole ceremony together with her. We had our parents give us marriage advice as part of the ceremony and I loved that. That was a really special and important part of the whole thing for us. I asked all of the important women in my life to borrow a gold bracelet for the day so my wrists and lower arms were covered in all different shapes and sizes of gold bracelets. I am a “more is more” kind of gal (hence the drag queen at the after party), so I loved that from an aesthetic standpoint, but also I’m sentimental and a sucker for tradition so I really loved having a part of my favorite women with me on the day."
How did you choose your color scheme?
"I knew I wanted red lipstick and red nails so I had to have a bit of red in the flowers. For the bridesmaids I had been feeling these black and floral dresses so we just kind of went with that. Plus I’m a New Yorker (now) so I like black. The plants at Korakia contributed a lot to the colors in the photos and the colors of the day. And my husband and I both love gold/disco/cheesy so we had some gold in there."
What advice do you have for other brides?
"Pick the right person to marry :slightly_smiling_face: And don’t feel bad if you and your partner get stressed about the wedding. Everyone gets stressed about the wedding. It’s normal. Go with your gut and feel free to make last minute changes if the mood strikes you. I got a little nervous about all of the attention before walking down the aisle so Jake and I had an impromptu “first look” before the ceremony. At the time it wasn’t exactly what we had planned but now I look back and I think of it as one of the sweetest things."
Where was your honeymoon?
"Cabo San Lucas. We stayed at the most amazing hotel called The Cape (a Thompson/Sixty Hotel). It was unbelievable and you could spot a whale from the open air lobby. I still dream of that hotel. Honeymoons are the best."